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Floaters

I recently went to my doctor to get a eye check up. I am 20 years old and have a power of -5.75 in both eyes. I've been experiencing floaters for a while now so i thought of getting it checked out for a retinal tear. The doctor checked my retina and said i have several holes and have a weak retina. He said it is advisible to undergo laser therapy which will stop further damage and floaters.

I've heard that there is a lot of debate on this subject. And hence im confused where i should go for the laser therapy.

I also have a couple of questions -
1- Do floaters go away eventually?
2- The doctor was sure that after the therapy there will be no more damage. Is this true?
3- How dangerous are retinal holes?
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Your doctor is a M.D. ophthalmologist and possibly a retina specialist? Laser won't get rid of the floaters, but it will help to seal down the weak areas/holes. This will help to prevent retinal tears or detachments, but won't completely get rid of that risk. Retinal holes are more dangerous in someone who has higher myopia (you) and a family history of retinal tears or retinal detachments. I hope this helps.
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Thank you for your reply. I'll probably get the laser treatment done to prevent more harm.
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so Ankesh14, did you get laser photocoagulation done? There are side effects of laser, such as epiretinal membrane/macular pucker. Laser does jack in asymptomatic lattice or asymptomatic holes, I hope your ophtho educated you on that.

Floaters will remain forever, unless you decide to get floater only vitrectomy done to get them removed. For more floater discussion, do visit ***********.*****.com ... where you can talk to patients suffering from floaters.
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